If you ask me, 99% of the so-called “influencers” aren’t really that at all, as they are self-created or agency-created entities, rather than community-endorsed individuals who move mountains. Let me give you who I would use as examples of true influencers – Jesus Christ, Apostle John the Beloved, President Vladimir Putin, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, etc. You get the drift.
In the rush to adopt social networks today, we hear of client companies pressing for more “fans” or “friends” to their social network communities. But what are “fans” and “friends” really, in the context of branding and marketing? What do these mean in real life?